Shepard Smith has done it again. Yesterday, he defied Donald Trump and Fox News by fact-checking yet another false claim made by the president. That makes two days in a row now!
On Monday, Smith pushed back against Trump’s claims that a “migrant caravan” was coming to “invade” America. On Tuesday, he fact-checked remarks Trump made about using an executive order to end birthright citizenship.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t!” Trump said in a recent interview with Axios. “I can do it just with an executive order.”
Speaking with Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts yesterday, Smith said:“Of course, he can’t do that. The reason: the Constitution.”
Birthright citizenship is a part of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution written in 1868 that states:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
Smith also pushed back on Trump’s claim that the United States is “the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States … with all of those benefits.”
“We’re not the only country in the world,” Smith corrected. “There are 30 of them, including Canada next door.”
He added: “Further, constitutional scholars say in the event the president actually tries this move, there would be an immediate injunction and his order would not ever take effect.”
Then he laughed the whole thing off, calling it “just talk.”
Naturally, Fox News viewers weren’t too pleased with Smith’s truth-telling, and many took to Twitter to express their outrage:
— With Trump, AMERICA WINS! (@SocialTweet509) October 31, 2018
@ShepNewsTeam You’re cynical reporting today on Trump and the birthright citizenship debate was palpable… You are not supposed to be cynical you are supposed to report the news without your opinion flowing out to viewers… Read what Michael Anton has to say about it.
— brendagriffin (@brengriffin) October 31, 2018
@ShepNewsTeam Why do you think @POTUS is wrong in thinking that US-born children of illegal Aliens don’t possess US citizenship? As a Harvard trained lawyer I know the SCOTUS has never ruled on whether birthright Citizenship applies to children of illegal aliens.
— Bob D (@b0bdiaz) October 30, 2018
— Lets Roll (@LetsRoll404) October 31, 2018
@FoxNews I would just like to ask #FoxNews WHY they are allowing an anti-American, Trump Hating person like #ShepardSmith to still have his own show on Fox??? EVERY TIME I hear him speak, I feel like I am listening to #FakeNews CNN!!!
— Rhonda ??? ?? (@001_rhonda) October 30, 2018
What happened to Fair and Balanced @FoxNews? If @ShepNewsTeam wants to give his opinion, fine; but please don’t call it news. There is a legitimate debate going on about birthright citizenship, which by his declarative statements, he wants to shut down.
— Julie Shera (@Bothered_Blonde) October 30, 2018
However, I was SHOCKED to learn he was chief NEWS ANCHOR! When did it become ok for reporters to editorialize?!
— Jean Maree (@JeanMaree_ND) October 31, 2018
@ShepNewsTeam Shep is gleefully critical of Trump's desire to end anchor babies. "Trump is wrong. Trump lies" Well so does Shep. Only one other major country, Canada, allows birthright citizenship. Europe hasn't sine 2004. Shep, tell the whole truth…or get a job at CNN.
— Timothy Swift (@timothy11) October 30, 2018